Melody Taylor

Melody Taylor

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Musical Theater Ouachita Baptist University

My favorite thing about my instrument is that it’s unique to me. Like a fingerprint, no one else has exactly my vocal-print. When I was younger, I was terrified of my own voice because it didn’t sound the way I thought it should have or the way others wanted it to sound. During high school, I realized that God gave me MY voice for a reason and I wasn’t supposed to sound like anyone else. Discovering that truth gave me the freedom to sing like I meant it and explore my unique sound using the strengths of my voice. Instead of focusing on what I couldn’t do, I started focusing on how I could grow the instrument that God gave me.

As a teacher, I help each student find the best version of their unique voice. I recognize that no two voices are exactly alike, so I structure lessons to fit the needs of each individual student. During lessons, I focus on vocal technique and clarity of tone. I use songs from a variety of musical styles, including musical theater, classical, and contemporary, to help students explore the beauty of their instrument. My favorite teaching moment happens when I see a student’s face change from concentration to astonishment as they hit a note they’ve never hit before or nail a song they considered ‘too hard’.

In addition to teaching, I enjoy sharing my love for music with others by singing in worship, at weddings, and performing at other special events. I also enjoy serving as the Worship Coordinator in the Dawson Music & Worship Ministry Office.